Sun Dog: Three Haiku

母の家まで六百五十歩春の雨 –寺井谷子

Six hundred and fifty steps
to my mother’s house
Spring rain

–Terai Taniko (b. 1944)

憧れの蛇に覚えてもらいけり –杉浦圭祐

The serpent
Taught us
How to yearn

–Sugiura Keisuke (b. 1968)

凍空に太陽三個死は一個 –阪口涯子

In the frigid sky
There are three suns
Death is one

–Sakaguchi Gaishi (1901-1989)

NOTES: In his column about Sakaguchi Gaishi’s haiku, Ishikawa Seirou (石川青狼) explains that there is a rare phenomenon called 幻日 (genjitsu), or parhelion, in which bright spots appear to the left and the right of the sun caused by the refraction of sunlight through ice crystals in the atmosphere. You can read the entire column here.

Poems taken from the Gendai Haiku Association Database.

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